Meaning of AUTOMATON in English


[ ɔ:'tɒmət(ə)n ]

■ noun ( plural automata -tə or ~s )

1》 a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being.

2》 a machine which performs a function according to a set of coded instructions.


C17: via L. from Gk, neut. of automatos 'acting of itself', from autos 'self'.

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